Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Recipes and Dosage
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne
- Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Local Honey
- Baking Soda
- Bee Pollen
- Black Seed Oil (Aka Cumin)
- Changing Air Filters and Misting
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Suggestions
- Echinacea, Golden Seal
- Exercise Allergies
- General Feedback
- Ginger and Chamomile Tea
- Goat Colostrum
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation for Hay Fever
- Lip Balm
- Metal Replacement
- Multiple Remedies
- Neti Pot
- Oil Pulling
- Oregano Oil
- Prune Juice
- Psyllium Husk
- Raw Milk
- Raw Milk Kefir
- Red Wine
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- Test for Allergies
- The Painkiller Link
- Vaseline Coated Inside the Nose
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Yerba Mate Tea
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07/07/2012: Acandrei from Iasi, Romania: "Hello everybody and congratulations for this wonderful community. First of all I am not quite sure where this post belongs, in the allergies section or asthma section. But since I believe that my asthma has an allergic base I would go for the first one.
Some history about me and my disease:
Today I am 26 and live in Romania. In my early childhood I was quite healthy until a bad episode at the age of 14 with a strong cold (lungs involved) changed everything. After that I got repeated colds and went to literally tens of doctors that made me take quite a lot of pills including a great deal of antibiotics. Things went on without nothing new and around 18 years I got my amygdala removed as a "wise" doctor considered it to be the source of my problems.
What happened next was that I got the same amount of colds but this time with the lungs involved too and using the same treatments I only think that I did things worse. In the end I was diagnosed with asthma and allergic rhinitis. This was the period I stopped listen to the doctors and decide to take the problem into my own hands. While also taking Ventolin , Singulair, Aerius, some allergy shots, without much effect, this is what I did:
Homeopathic treatments - 3 different doctors, no major changes
Acupuncture- 2 different doctors, no major changes
Buteyko method- worked for only 2 weeks
Gesret method- worked for only 2 weeks
Some other treatments involving bio resonance that didn't work.
I pretty much changed a lot between traditional medicine and holistic medicine without many improvements. Last year I discovered Earthclinic and I am very grateful for that. This is what I am taking now, after discovering Earthclinic:
ACV worked for about 3 weeks
Turmeric/Ginger no major changes
Lemon with baking soda I have been taking it for about one month, 3 times a day; I am still waiting for a feedback from my body
Supplements: Vit C, Vit D, Omega 3, Selenium, Magnesium, Iodine, Cod Liver Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, H202 Inhalation method, Garlic , Cayenne pepper and some other too which I can't remember now.
Among with that I have a gluten free diet, no dairy, no processed food, no fruits (I use to eat a lot of fruits and it seemed to make things worse) only meat (especially chicken), vegetables and legumes. I am still experimenting with food elimination.
But after all this efforts it feels that it is not enough. Sometimes the allergy/asthma disappears for one week in which I am incredibly excited just to strike back a week after on a higher intensity. This cycle is devastating me because I am young and full with energy and wish to accomplish a lot of things.
Some more info about my disease: I would say it is allergic because on regular episode I got: itchy eyes OR sore throat OR nose running and sneezing OR problems with breathing and mucus in the lungs. The curious thing is that they NEVER APPEAR SIMULTANEOUSLY. The same thing happens when I get flu or cold (which by the way it happens quite frequently and last for quite a time) my breathing problems stop. My opinion is that my auto immune system is focusing on a real threat and it offers me relief with my asthma.
Usually when I travel I feel good for the first 2 weeks after each my problems start again with higher or lower intensity.
I also want to say that despite my problems I am maintaining a good physical condition; I do a lot of sports, especially climbing, and also try to control my stress levels, even if sometimes I get really depressed about my situation. Now I feel that I've tried almost anything and I am remaining without options and also feel that I am entering in a state of panic. I also feel that I miss something obvious that could be of a major difference.
Any advice is highly welcomed. Just want to live a normal life and give the best out of me to this world. Thank you"Replies
07/07/2012: Amyh from Cambridge, Uk replies: "I have found that using a saline spray or saline drops in the nose helps with anything sinusy. And I have been reading about using a neti pot and also about oil pulling (on this site) in the hope that they will help. Any feedback on those would be great. The saline sprays are. Specially formulated for use in the nose and are found in the baby health section of my store."
07/09/2012: Acandrei from Iasi, Romania replies: "Thank you for your advice. I remember that I used them once and they did keep my nose clean but didn't have any effect on the asthma."
07/14/2012: Mt from Ottawa, On Canada replies: "There are four plants that you should make tea of: Stinging netle, Yarrow, Horse tail and Calendula Marigold. Each tee has to be drunk for one week and after that the procedure has to be repeated. You need to drink 3 cups a day, spreaded during the day. The tee is an infusion (for 1/2 minute) of a tsp of plants in a cup of boiling water.
For more info you have to read a few books by Maria Treben (http://www.librarie.net/autor.php?id=15898&pg=2, http://www.librarie.net/carti/73667/Sanatate-din-farmacia-Domnului-Maria-Treben)
I think also that you have to stop taking pills and vitamins. You should continue to eat garlic and any foods that boost the immune system. Unpasteurized wild flower honey should help with seasonal allergies.
You have to consider that your place could be the source of your allergies (mold exposure, chemicals in your furniture, etc)"
07/15/2012: Tina from Houston, USA replies: "Eating probiotic-rich foods like home made kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented veggies is a GREAT and trusted way to get rid of allergies, asthma, eczema, candida, etc. Please refer to here to see how easy and cheap one can make these at home. http://culturedfoodlife.com/
If you are in the US, and have access to BUBBIES brand sauerkraut and dill pickles sold in the refrigerated cold section of grocery stores, those can help too. Other brands are 'NOT' probiotic-rich, so please beware.
Renew Life (a Canadian company) sells probiotics in bottled form that are specific to the issue you may be experiencing, so google them, call them and see what they suggest.
In the long haul, it is advisable to ALL to consume probiotic-rich sources of foods on a daily basis, several time daily. Good luck! "
05/03/2012: Nancy from Greenville, Ohio: "I am allergic to all kinds of medications. Almost all antibiotics, fish oil, lidocaine (all the numbing agents which is of great concern since I need dental work done) I am allergic to the stuff you drink to flush the bowel for a colonoscopy, I am not sure why, but now I am afraid to take magnesium, I am allergic to any kind of pill or vit. that comes in a capsule with oil, and a whole list of other things. I was diagnosed with drug induced lupus about 18 mths ago but since using the bs/lemon I have not had any major flares. Could this be a symptom of my auto immunity problems? I am afraid to take any sort of medication so I have sought natural cures for everything. I want to get this under control b/c some of the meds I am allergic to could be needed someday to save my life. Any suggestions as to how I can or should approach this problem? Anyone have a similar problem? I am at my wits end. I so need help... And I don't feel that the MD's have a clue. They just shove benedryl and prednisone (which I refuse) at me. Please any who can advise me on how to deal with this I would so appreciate!!!!!!!!!!!"Replies
05/03/2012: Natalie from Canada replies: "I recently watched a video of a guy who was sick and sensitive to practically everything. What he did was to go back to the basics he juiced everything and went totally natural and I mean basics, from dandelions to chickweed and organic veg and fruit and he found that he had reset his body and could slowly introduce things again, but he never went back to an unhealthy lifestyle, it was easy to stay clean when he was feeling so good. I am pretty sure it was called "heal yourself 101" hope this helps."
05/04/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Nancy, you can try and take "good stuff" that might help you, transdermally. For example magnesium: try soaking in an Epsom salt bath or massaging with magnesium oil."
05/07/2012: Had from White River Junction, Vermont replies: "N, check out iodine on this site, I have auto immune, iodine deficiency seems to be the culprit of any auto immune problem. Dr. David Brownstein or Abraham are currently treating w/ iodine and they did studies and books about curing, not just treating. I'm doing currently and I'll leave it at WOW so far. Good health."
05/31/2012: Nancy from Greenville, Oh replies: "Thanks so much for the information. I am so grateful. I just purchased the book "heal yourself 101. I have been reading it for few days. I am hoping I can stick with this stringent regimen. Only eating "live" food is a real trick. Especially when you crave cooked food. LOL! I started the fast but then failed after the first 36 hrs... So I am going to start over... But I need to do this to feel better and to reset my body... will update as I get resolve and results."
04/03/2012: Lindsey from Sioux Falls, Sd, South Dakota, Usa: "I've been dating a wonderful man for about 2 months who is unfortunately very allergic to my cat. He's been a trooper about the whole thing, but his reactions have been increasingly severe. He doesn't even have to be around the cat or in my home, he will have a reaction just from being around me.
My mom offered to take the cat for awhile so we can give things a shot. He won't hear of it. He's flat out told me that he'll break up with me if I get rid of the cat.
So in the meantime, we're trying to find a way to remedy the situation. He's on Rx allergy meds and also Benadryl as needed. I picked him up a bottle of Animal Antigens homeopathic remedy a couple of days ago. We're still waiting to see how that works.
His allergist really doesn't want to give him allergy shots. He told me that if he would take allergy shots that it'd cost around $800/week. (I'm not entirely sure why so much, but it's not something either one of us could cover.)
Does anyone else have any other suggestions? We both really care for eachother and would very much like to give this relationship a chance, but it looks like the only way that's gonna happen is if we can get the allergies under control."Replies
04/03/2012: Annon from Anon, Ak Non replies: "Please, Please, Please do not take this the wrong way....
Give the cat to your mom for 6 months. If you truly value this person, he should come before the cat.
I have had my animals for 15 years, and know they are family.... But your cat would also be with family, and you can go and visit. If things work out, then your mom would be your cats new mom. If things don't work out.... hey, at least you know you gave it your best effort.
I know of NOTHING that will keep an allergic person from being allergic to a cat long term.
04/04/2012: B from Earth replies: "Hi, I read somewhere that people are allergic to the cat saliva and that is a problem because they clean up by licking their fur. I don't know if this is true but have you tried shampooing the kitty often with a proper cat product? Good luck!"
04/04/2012: Southernarc from Durham, Nc, Usa replies: """Hi, I read somewhere that people are allergic to the cat saliva and that is a problem because they clean up by licking their fur. I don't know if this is true but have you tried shampooing the kitty often with a proper cat product?"
Everything I've read indicates you are correct, the allergic reaction is from the cat saliva. Shampooing should help, although I've also read that since cats breath the allegen adheres to the walls of a home and this of course cannot be easily removed. This is why for those that are allergic to cats all they have to do is step inside the home and they will get a reaction even when the cat is not around."
01/14/2012: David from Menifee, California: "Hello, When my son has any contact with dogs in a few hours his lip or lips swells.
Does anyone know how to stop this swelling or why this is happening? This had not happened before with dogs. This once happened a few years ago when a plant bloomed near his window of his bedroom.
I would hate to have to give our dogs away or make their yard way in the back of our property as we really love these dogs.
Any advice would be appreciated!"Replies
01/15/2012: Charlotte from Asheville, Nc replies: "Hi David, Is it possible that your dogs might be getting pesticide residue on their fur that might be causing your son's lips to swell? I had a similar issue after we had our yard sprayed (just once) for mosquitoes last summer. The effects of the spray lasted a good month and whenever I had contact with our dogs, my lips would become numb and swell slightly. I finally figured out it was the pesticide from the spray that was all over the yard causing the issue! Even thunder showers didn't completely wash away the pesticide. You might try giving your dogs a bath with holistic shampoo and see if that helps. I hope so! Let us know how it goes. Good luck to you, Charlotte"
01/16/2012: David from Riverside, Ca. replies: "Thanks Charlotte!
I'll try this and see what happens. My wife seems to think our son has hives but I did spray the yard with pesticides!"
01/16/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "David, consider Flax Oil daily to reduce the inflammatory response. Also there are a good many Homeopathic formulas specifically for allergies & inflamation. For immediate relief even consider a children's Tylinol.
My amateur 2 cents, and good luck."
01/17/2012: David from Riverside, Ca. replies: "Hi Tim, Do you rub the flax oil on the lips or drink it? Thanks"
01/17/2012: Sophie from Dayton, Ohio, Usa replies: "It seems to me that your son may have multiple allergies. An allergic response can be different in different people -- some experience sinus symptoms while others have swelling or hives. Allergies can also begin at any time. You can exhibit no allergic response to something for years, then suddenly develop symptoms. The fact that the lip swelling occurred both when exposed to a certain plant pollen and also to the dog may indicate allergies to both.
An allergist or perhaps pediatrician can do a simple "prick test" to find out what your son is allergic to. If your son has lip swelling as an allergic response, it may gradually become worse or he may develop other unpleasant or severe reactions. Please have him tested for allergies to at least rule out the possibility. I have multiple outdoor and animal allergies, and have been successfully treated with allergy injections since childhood. The purpose of the allergy shots is to gradually expose the body to the allergen so that the body's natural response and immunity will develop."
01/18/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "David, the Flax Oil would proly only be effective by drinking. If he is under 100 lb I would begin w/ two spoons daily for about a week and then cut down to one spoon. Be sure to keep the F Oil refrigerated. If his condition doesn't improve in a few weeks, add the patented supplement Celadrin® as it is a very potent anti-inflammatory substance. Recently I suffered an acute phase of arthritis in my hands and fingers that was somewhat crippling with my daily regimen of Flax Oil and Fish Oil not doing any justice to the situation. Almost immediately after supplementing Celadrin® my symptoms resolved and have remained so. I think they sell a children's and an adult's strength.
Hope this helps and good luck; report progress."
01/18/2012: David from Riverside, Ca. replies: "Thank you Timh for the advice! We will try it.
As well as everyone else that responded to my post!
My son is 20 and still lives with us and has no health insurance. We have been told that in Mexicali there is a medical clinic that does the "needle prick" test as that is all we can afford at this time.
I was told this Dr. is good at what he does and is inexpensive. Here in the United States medical services are EXTREMELY STEEP IN PRICE!
Appreciated everyone's help!
So far, as long as my son stays away from the dogs he is fine. But I know the dogs miss him.
We have ordered the Kefir grains on Ebay to see if Kefir milk helps him as well. I will report back to share what happens either way.
The posters on Earth Clinic are awesome!!!!"
10/19/2011: Raj from Fremont, Ca, Usa: "Hi
My daughter never fell sick first 6 years and then suddenly she started getting cough with no mucus and it used to long for months. Tired of allegra and nasal sprays. Tried skin sensitivity for allergies, they came up with all the main trees in CA.
She also developed an Ezcema on the both the hands on the other side of elbow since 2 yrs. I tried cortizone and all other medications. Three days ago, started a coconut oil just to rinse it. She has no control, she just rubs it as soon as it starts itching.
I wanted to use ACV. What are your suggestions?"Replies
10/20/2011: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "Yogurt, yogurt, yogurt. :)
Have her eat yogurt twice a day. You will notice improvement in her eczema within a week. She will have to continue eating it to keep it at bay."
10/21/2011: Sofia from Claymont, De replies: "I had terrible psoriasis/eczema on my elbows and the side of my ankles for years. I had tried all the standard creams... The only thing that worked was the Budwig Protocol (I eat it once a day). It took a little getting used to but, it all went away. Good Luck!"
10/22/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Raj, You could try 1 teaspoon ACV in a glass of water and have one yourself at the same time with her. It can be much easier if you do it together and it is a drink that you are both having as apposed to it being seen as a medicine. If a piece of ice in a drink is seen as a treat then let her add one the first few times she has the drink. I would not add any extra for the first 2-3 weeks.
I also think bleached flour needs to be avoided. If it is possible I believe switching to organic grains is best as the chemicals used in storage are not good plus have seen great results from this. My girlfriend had great success with this and flax seed oil. One way to take flax oil is to make a banana smoothie - just plain yoghurt & 1 tbs flax oil blended together first, then add banana (or berries) and a spoon of raw honey. You could also add the teaspoon of ACV to this.
From personal experience chemicals in the home (cleaning products, sprays, perfumers) can actually cause eczema and add to the allergies. It may also be worth testing the ph of her urine and if it is acidic then give her an alkalizing drink. If she does not like the taste then let her drink it while it is still fizzing. Tulsi is also good for air-borne allergies taken as a tea. It is quite nice served cold in a glass and add a spoon of local raw honey, when its local & raw it can help with pollen allergies. Sorry about the long post when you only asked about ACV. All the best."
10/23/2011: Gail from Branson, Mo replies: "I agree with the other post, I would keep up with the coconut oil and also give it to her internally."
10/04/2011: Gretchen from Fargo, Nd, Usa: "I am in a quandry. For 1 month I have suffered from a tight chest and intermittent cough--it was better following a good rain, but then returned. We have had a beautiful Indian Summer, but late harvest and hot, windy weather seems to be my downfall this year.
The chest tightness is felt under my collarbone, throughout my windpipe and in my upper back. My cough is deep and "tracheal" sounding--and not very productive. When something is coughed up, it is gray, opaque.
2 weeks ago, I was tested for asthma at an Allergy and Asthma clinic (gold standard tests), and it was clear to the dr that I did NOT have asthma--relieved, yes!! But now my symptoms have returned, after taking about a week-long hiatus.
I have seen a bit of an upswing in my upper resp allergies (runny nose, red eyes, post nasal drainage). I have been taking guaifenesin in case it is chest congestion, and the allergist prescribed me Nasonex and a prednisone burst to try get rid of the inflammation. The most relief I feel is after I take a nebulized ipratroprium bromide to reduce the inflammation. Also makes me super shaky...
I feel like I'm the only one dealing with something this wacky, and it's been disconcerting.
Has anyone dealt with this, and was there ever any conclusive diagnosis or treatment that was helpful for you?
Thanks & best."Replies
10/04/2011: Sophia from Wheaton, Il replies: "I had very bad asthma and nothing was helping. I was on too many RX. One day I found an accupunturist who treated asthma. He had me stop eating wheat, dairy and sugar. It has been eight weeks now. I am off five medications, I don't have mucous anymore and I don't cough all the time and (bonus) I have lost a lot of weight. I feel wonderful! My symptoms were a little different than yours, since I was only coughing a little and could never get a deep breathe for over a year. This sounds crazy, but my lungs hurt in the back. Now I am so much better. He gave me some herbs with quercetin, stinging nettles and bromelain. I hope this helps and you get some relief. It so scary to be unable to get a deep breathe!"
09/16/2011: Ravyn_wolf from Calgary, Alberta Canada: "Having just found out I am allergic to cats, dogs, mold and dust, I am on antihistamines and eye drops, which are not working, and the allergist wants to start me on serum, which I don't really want to do and can't afford. My symptoms aren't typical of allergies, I have no nasal issues, and no congestion, only a more topical reaction around my eyes, swollen skin, dry, flaky, red, irritated and very itchy, I will add this is only on the skin, my eyeballs themselves have no issues, so I am thinking of starting to take ACV orally but am wondering if you have any suggestions for a topical ointment? I have tried various creams (unfraganced) and steroid with nothing working, any help anyone can offer would be great.
Unfortunately, my exposure to dogs and cats cannot be limited as I live with both and work in a vet clinic, and I'm looking into molds and dust in my home. Thanks!"Replies
09/16/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "It might be worth trying MSM.. Its suposed to be such a super antioxident it removes the free radicals that cause the allergies before they take hold. There's plenty in fresh onions if you like raw onions. Otherwise it can be a bit pricey."
09/18/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace - France replies: "Maybe you should consider reading a book called The dry eye Remedy (I will review it on this site soon). I say this because the doctor who wrote the book, Robert Latkany, refers to the fact that many times eye drops cause allergies of the type you talk about. I thought that I had terrible allergies for many years but in the end I only suffered from dry eyes. Now my dry eyes issue is being addressed my eyes don't itch anymore! Sad no one saw it a number of years ago...... The book gives a lot of information about dry eyes, about the side effects of medication and a lot more!"
10/05/2011: Sierrahennessy from Fairfax, Usa replies: "My husband had this issue. He is allergic to nothing, yet he sneezes his head off. I, on the other hand, am allergic to a lot of environmental allergens. Just out of curiosity, is your clinic in Fairfax, VA? Mine has the same name. Anyway, I had the same problem, couldn't breathe. I was diagnosed with adult onset asthma, which was unreleated to allergies. It was triggered by pollutants, and solid particulates such as pollen, dust, ragweed, soil particles et al. It is often relieved immediately after a rain, only to come roaring back as the particulates that were knocked out of the air return to being airborne.
If you don't use a neti pot, start immediately. Use it as often as you like, I recommend a minimum of twice a day, morning and night. Increase your immune system by taking 1000 mg of C (no more, your body simply excretes the excess) and also zinc. Improve your digestive health and add to your immune system health. Take digestive enzymes and probiotics in capsule form, or eat yogurt until it comes out your nose. :) Take anti-oxyidents or eat the colored veggies. Eat a min. of five fruits and veggies a day. Select the herbal/supplement of your choice to improve breathing. Exercise in the morning, and not in cold weather. Use steam therapy nightly (2-3 cups distilled water NOT tap water), consider using gentle aromatherapy oils such as lavender for good days and eucaluptus for bad days. Use (1-3) drops either or both, add carefully if needed.
The thing of it is, it is impossible for all potential allergies to be tested, so I suspect you're not allergy free, just free of the common ones. That leaves you, potentially, with the uncommon ones, congrats. *wry smile* For more info. , try the website www.care2.com which is written by Annie Bond among others, who is one of those people with uncommon allergies. The website gets my highest rating. Annie's receipes for cleaning without chemicals should be followed no matter who you are!
Did your allergist have you blow into a tube to determine your peak air flow? It is imperative that this test be done, regardless of your allergic symptoms or results. Signs your peak flow is low include low grade constant headache, low grade never ending fatigue, sleeping more than 8-9 hours per day, coughing without production, dizziness after climbing stairs, feeling like someone is strangling you by putting a clenched hand around your trachea or throat.
I hope my own experiences help."
09/07/2011: Sharon from Murrells Inlet, Sc: "Just been told I have citric allergy. It affects my hands and feet. My hands crack and peel and it is very painful. I have found mane and tail herbal shampoo does not contain citric acid. Also, ivory soap. Does anyone know if there is a serum available or an allergist that knows how to treat this?"
08/04/2011: Ecogirl from Mercer, Pa, Usa: "Hi there! I've been suffering from allergies and sinus infections for over ten years!! I need some advice. I hate the full feeling of my ears being full of fluid! Nothing really drains me. I've tried stinging nettle. It's ok, but it's not strong enough. Any suggestions?"Replies
08/04/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Have you tried Vitamin C? It hasn't worked for me so far but it seems to work for a lot of people! Or Evening Primrose Oil? After getting some strong medication years ago I didn't have a cold for 7 years although my eyes still itched as well as my throat. Unfortunately last year I started to get colds again but, guess what... My eyes and my throat are better. I am now trying Grapefruit seed Extract and that seems to help a bit. I doesn't stop me sneezing or my nose running but it makes things better once I take it. Next I am going to try Olive Leaf Extract."
08/04/2011: Sunny from Havasu, Az, Usa: "I have recently been having an allergic reaction where my tongue and glands under my tongue and jawline swells. The first few times it happened was after I had drank some red wine with dinner- and I thought that possibly I had developed an allergy to wine. But then it happen one night when I had not had any wine- so I am not sure what is causing it. I have tried keeping a food/drink diary, but so far I have not seen any pattern.
I just found your site and read about the ACV and water for allergic reactions - I have been taking the ACV and water drink for a few years for gerd as needed but am thinking I will try it if I have another problem. I would really appreciate any suggestions you may have- by the way - I love this site! Thank You!"Replies
08/05/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Sunny, you could be allergic to one of these: Wheat, Egg, Soy, Milk, Nuts, Peanut or Sesame. They are all known to cause allergic reactions. I am allergic to soy and it makes me itchy everywhere but I am pretty sure that when you get a swollen tongue that it is much more serious and you need to find out what it is that's causing it. Also check your medications and supplements. Hope this heps. Lily."
12/29/2010: Judy from Burlington , On, Canada: "I have had scent allergies for 10 years since I stopped drinking alcohol. I cough all the time but when I come in contact with perfumes/scents/smoke as well as popcorn in theatres I cough even more. I have tried many things even a sinus operation to no avail. Because of this problem I have become a recluse and would like any suggestions please. Thx."Replies
01/06/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Judy, The symptoms you have mentioned are ones that some people who have ended up being diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity but had them for some time (even years) before being diagnosed. Although most have the diagnoses of Fibromyalgia or CFS first. These symptoms usually come on some years before and just get more debilitating if nothing is done. Some even have post nasal drip making their coughing worse. I have seen some good results if this is detected early and something done about it. Two of my friends showed most of these symptoms and the following are some of the things they did.
1/. Stop eating all white foods (processed). This includes all fizzy drinks.
2/ . Stop burning the candle at both ends and get plenty of rest.
3/. Magnesium, Vitamin C
4/. Remove every chemical from your home.
5/. Take something to help your liver. Eg: Milk Thistle
6/. Drink fresh vegetable juice each day.
7/. Accepting help
... This may not be your problem but it might be worth doing some research. Check these also on EC. All the best in finding your answers."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/25/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "I need help, please! I think I may be having a reaction to ACV or Iodine detox symptoms or both.
I had decided to take ACV after reading DC Jarvis' book, as well as very low doses of Iodine/ide and then 1 to 2 drops of Lugol's 5%.
Today, I have pimply rash on my sternum, face and throat and my face is swelling around my eyes and lips, painful. I thought maybe it was the Lugol's but would it cause such a reaction after only 3 days of taking 12.5 mgs of Lugol's (2 drops)? I'm not sure if I'm getting better since the symptoms had changed from the rash and itching to rash-only in certain spots and a face swelling. I'm breathing fine, but the dry, itchy face is bothering me, not to mention the pimples. My eyes have begun to water too.
Could it be the ACV, since I stopped using the Iodine/ide, but have continued using the ACV to try and relieve my symptoms only to make them continue or develop? Is there a remedy or relief to a reaction to ACV?
I had used it once before; last year for a sinus infection. It did wonders and cut my infection time in half. I've been telling my husband that I'm going through major detox and that's what I'm experiencing right now, but I want some relief and would love to have it homeopathically if I still can."
04/26/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Update: I went to urgent care last night because I was so tired of being so puffy, cracked, itchy, swollen and pimply and wanted to see if the MD could give me any insight on my symptoms.
MD Dx'ed me as having 'contact dermatitis', so I still don't have a definitive answer as to what or why I have these symptoms. I'm on Benadryl and Prednisone now, but will stop earlier than recommended. So I will wait it out a bit before I start ACV again, while I'm waiting I've got to go through my house and memory to figure out what triggered 'contact dermatitis'. MD suspected poison oak or ivy. The MD nixed the idea that I could be allergic to ACV. The nurse there didn't think it was iodine triggering a reaction either."
04/26/2011: Alicia from Orlando, Fl, Usa replies: "If you are doing iodine supplementation, I suspect your symptoms might be from Bromine Detoxing. I think you need to be taking co-factors and lecithin granules to help release the toxins from your body. It sounds like they may be trapped and causing your symptoms. Maybe another reader can expand on this info. Hope this helps!"
04/30/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "I'm almost 100% better since my first post. I did more investigating after visiting Urgent Care and the doc asking me to list new or unusual things I've come into contact with at the onset of my reaction.
I think I've figured it out: Pittosporum tobira, a common enough shrub in CA and the one huge shrub I trimmed back before I had started showing signs of a reaction. It's not a common allergen, but its pollen, fragrance and oil/sap can trigger a reaction.
I'm still taking the Benadryl and Prednisone the MD prescribed, but I am also using ACV to speed up healing on my face. It's working too. After some diluted ACV on a cotton ball, I massage a little Jojoba oil on my face particularly around my mouth and any tight, extremely dry areas."
04/30/2011: Debbe from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Sheila, the prednisone has some bad side affects if used too long. You can research the dangers of it."
05/01/2011: Carly from Seattle , Wa - Usa replies: "I agree with Debbe - if You have been taking prednisone for any length of time and decide to stop taking it be very careful. You have to taper off of it slowely or it can shut down your adrenals and kill you. My husband was on it for 8 weeks and decided to stop taking it - not knowing it was such a huge deal.. He is fine now, but it was very ugly.
Read up before doing anything... It is a horrid drug in my opinion - makes a person feel great for a while, and then just sucks the life out of them. Natural cures are so much safer...."
05/01/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "I appreciate the cautionary notes. I did do some reading on Prednisone, and also had a friend warn me about it. My Rx is only for a week, but I decided to stop taking it after 3 days... tapering off--my adrenals can't take the kind of strain Prednisone would put on them.
I'm still a little itchy and puffy from the dermatitis, but not like before. I'm using the ACV and Peroxide dilutions and taking a bunch of supplements. I want to try far infrared sauna soon, but not until the dermatitis reduces a bit more. Thanks!"
05/01/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Glad you are doing better Shiela!
Please post on the infrared sauna if / when / after you try it... I am interested in what you think of it.
05/04/2010: Maria from Milan, Italy: "I am very allergic to my dog (confirmed by blood tests)and have constant itching that is only relieved by antihistamines (on a good day) and massive doses of prednisone (steroids) during the bad periods (at least twice a year, especially now in pollen season). Doctors tell me to get rid of the dog as my only option - I didn't realize the dog was the problem for the first 18 months, as I have had skin allergies in the past. I drink ACV every day. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance."Replies
05/04/2010: Mama from London, Ontario, Canada replies: "Find a NATE doctor in your area. Just google it if you haven't heard of it before. This frequency technique has done wonders for people who are allergic to their pets. My daughter has been relieved of all her allergies with this method, and it can be done long distance so you don't have to go to the doctor in person - though you can if you wish. You'll just need to have the dog stay with some friends while you do the 24hour treatment. It's very easy and really works.
11/05/2010: Cat from Austin, Tx replies: "My daughter had animal allergy problems as well. This is how she said she eliminated her problem. Twice a week, she takes her cat outside and thoroughly brushes him down. Weekly, she rubs 1/4c ACV, 1/2c water mixture into his coat, much to his disgust. She daily puts a few drops of ACV in his water bowl. (she takes a tsp in water herself before bed). As long as she does this, she says, she has no symptoms. Since she began this regime, her cat has less fleas, less dander and scratching. I can attest to the fact that his coat is now simply gorgeous, glowing, soft, and beautiful. Occasionally she places a dollop of Virgin coconut oil on his coat so that he can lick it off; since she started with this, he has not needed de-worming pills this year. I joke with her that her cat's coat is beautiful enough for a winter hat :)"
04/03/2012: Faeqa from Amman, Jordan replies: "Peace upon you readers, my sister has sun allergy. She can't go out under the sun, if she goes she suffers of very itchy, dry, red skin looks like burn skin. If she has to go out she has to cover all of her body, even gloves in summer. Lately she's diagnosed with vitamine D deficiency and has pain in her bones. Any suggestion will be appreciated. thank you all."
02/01/2013: Bbhe from Brooklyn replies: "I had sun allergy too and I would blister under sunlight. It stopped when I quit taking all sugars."
[QUESTION] 06/01/2009: Stephanie from East Grand Forks, MN: "I was wondering if anyone had any "cures" for shellfish allergies?? My husband grew up on seafood and now has become allergic. We both miss eating seafood very much. Any help would be greatly appreciated."Replies
08/19/2010: Veroanique from Melbourne, Fl replies: "Turmeric and cayenne pepper taken at least once a day will help with that. I know of two people who are now able to eat their favorite foods again after one month of adding 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder to at least one of their meals. They are also available in capsules if you can't stand the taste or the heat. Turmeric is what seems to work, but it works a whole lot better when taken with the pepper. This method was used to eliminate seafood & poultry allergies, allergic rhinitis, and the symptoms of shingles. The allergies and symptoms came back after stopping the treatment for a few days, but taking them again gave almost immediate relief. There are side effects to too much or prolonged turmeric use for people with certain conditions, so read up before taking it. Just do a web search with the keywords turmeric and side effect. Otherwise it should be one of the safest and most effective ways to get rid of allergies. After all, remember that this is a spice used in some Asian countries everyday in their food."
09/22/2009: Meral from Marlton, Nj: "I have a son who is 5 year old now. He has been suffering nasal allergy. He has itchy and runny nose and he is mostly congested. Some times his eye lids swolen and there are dark circles under his eyes. Last year we found out he has some type of allergy at spring and fall seasons and she prescribed medicines. I don't want him use medicine all the time. What can I use? I heard sea salt is good. Where can I find it? Thank you for your time and help."Replies
12/27/2009: Julie from Santa Monica, Ca replies: "Hi Meral ~ you can buy sea salt at any health food store. I use it in a nasal rinse, which helps my allergy quite a bit. Not sure if a 5-yr-old would tolerate it...you could go to any Walgreen's/CVS/etc and their pharmacist can give free advice. Good luck!"
07/28/2011: Haveaplan from City, State: "What would you recommend for a 5 year old girl with bad sulfur allergies (cannot even drink water with sulfur in it) that among other symptoms, causes her skin to crack and bleed constantly it is so dried out.
Medical "specialists" have advised bleach baths and cortisone shots!"